1/22/2014 9:02 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - A judge said changes spurred by a lawsuit improved the state's juvenile corrections system.
Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn issued his final order in the case. Aboulhosn directed the state Supreme Court's Adjudicated Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation Commission to continue to monitor the system. He said that the Department of Juvenile Services adopted new policies and practices to address the issues raised in the lawsuit. They included: room confinement, strip searches, and disciplinary procedures.
Mountain State Justice filed the lawsuit in 2012 over conditions at the former Industrial Home for Youth in Salem. It evolved into an examination of the state agency. Aboulhosn ordered the facility's closure in 2013. It's since been turned into an adult prison.